The first Division two state semifinal game didn't
get done until after one a-m this morning.
Viroqua's advantage to not having to play until eight
a-m this morning was that they'd at least get a good
That did not happen.
A fire alarm at their hotel made the entire team evacuate
in the middle of the night.
An early wake-up call....
...for both Viroqua and Ripon....trip to the championship
game on the line in this one.
Mitch Stalsberg coming off a 16-strikeout performance
He'd have a great encore in his final high school
start on the bump.
His first 12 outs come by strikeout.
Ripon has the winning run in the bottom of the 7th
at third base.
His 17th strikeout of the day sends the game to extra
Then after taking the lead
in the top of the 9th.....Stalsberg
gets two more strikeouts
as Ripon goes three-up, three-down.
Stalsberg's 21 strikeouts is a new WIAA state record
Viroqua wins two-one.
Mitchell It's awesome.
I just went out there and tried to make sure I was
there for my teammates, throwing strikes and they
were making plays for me so I was throwing strikes.
It was all good.
We all played well.
Swanson We're real fortunate and if there's a better
pitcher in this area, I've got to see him.
So it's Viroqua versus Jefferson for the Division
two state championship.
Neither program has ever won a W-I-A-A title.
Blackhawks load the bases in the top-half of the first.
But Jefferson pitcher Kevin Krause gets the groundout
to escape the inning unharmed.
The Eagles offense then goes to work in the bottom
half of that inning scoring three times.
The first run comes off of one of two errors committed
by the Blackhawks.
Viroqua in the second.
Joe Huber singles through the right side of the infield.
They try to score the runner from second....but he's
thrown out at home....keeping the Blackhawks off the
Then in the third...Dylan Ott singles with the bases
That's part of a five-run inning for Jefferson as
they extend their lead to eight-nothing.
About 12-hours after first arriving at the stadium
today....Viroqua is handed the state runner-up trophy.
Ten-nothing the final.
Wrapping up our state baseball coverage...here is
News 8's Kyle Deckelbaum.
Kyle A difficult way to end the season for Viroqua,
but the players know not to let a silver finish get
in the way of what they accomplished this season.
Stalsberg Heck of a season, it was, it was awesome.
It's tough to go out like that but when you look back
at what we did, it's awesome.
We accomplished a lot and we accomplished all our
goals really this season.
You can't be disappointed with that.
Elbert Been 29 years since
we been here so we've accomplished
a lot this year.
Tryggestad Played really well.
Just tough to lose the last game.
Kyle In the championship game, the pitching wasn't
there like it was in the morning semifinal game.
They hurt themselves with some errors too.
Stalsberg A lot of things.
That team is great.
They're a great team.
They hit the ball hard everywhere We struggled a little
bit and that happens.
Swanson We had the bases loaded three times and didn't
get hits to stay in the game and they did.
So I'd like to run into them again sometime.
Kyle No rest for the weary.
Pete Swanson says the legion season starts Saturday.
In Appleton, KD, N8 Sports.
Thank you Kyle.
Only three of Jefferson's ten runs were earned.
It's the third runner-up finish for Viroqua in their
third state appearance.